We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing a short film each week in an effort to give a signal boost to shorts we enjoy. This week’s short is SEEING GREEN.
The best horror comedies have more on their minds than just slyly winking at genre tropes in between scenes that embrace those same clichés. Whether they are taking on social issues, political turmoil, or skewering traditional mores, horror comedies are often able to weave weighty ideas into graphic genre entertainment.
SEEING GREEN writer Danielle Bauman and director Chelsea Stardust use the sitcom setup of bride-to-be Tabby (Megan Duffy) sparring with her bridesmaids (Vanessa Garcia, Mackenzie Firgens) about the color of their dresses while taste-testing wedding cakes to get into fairly weighty material about the ways in which women are pressured to be pleasant/nice/agreeable even if it is to their detriment. When things take a supernatural turn and Tabby’s inner rebel is unleashed, allowing her to spill her anger and resentment at how she has been forced to behave, the results are both hilarious and incredibly sad.
And then things get really weird. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.
–Matt Wedge (@MovieNerdMatt)